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1 [Community Policing and Foot Beat Patrols.]


3 Motion ordering submitted to the voters an ordinance at an election to be held on

4 November 2,2010 establishing the Community Policing Policy and Foot Beat Patrol

5 Program and supplanting any City ordinance the voters approve at the November 2,

6 2010 election that bans lying or sitting on public sidewalks.


8 MOVED, That the Board of Supervisors hereby submits the following ordinance to the

9 voters of the City and County of San Francisco, at an election to be held on November 2,

10 2010.


12 Ordinance amending the San Francisco Administrative Code by adding Sections

13 2A.89.1 through 2A.89.6, to establish a Community Policing Policy and Foot Beat Patrol

14 Program within the San Francisco Police Department and supplanting any City

15 ordinance the voters approve at the November 2, 2010 election that bans lying or

16 sitting on public sidewalks. ,

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Additions are single-underline italics Times New Roman; deletions are strike through italics Times New Roman.

19 Be it ordained by the People of the City and County of San Francisco:

20 Section 1. The San Francisco Administrative Code is hereby amended by adding

21 Section 2A.89.1 through 2A.89.6, to read as follows:

22 SEC. 2A.89.1. FINDINGS.

23 (a) In I994, with the passage of Proposition D, Charter Section 4. I27, establishing a minimum

24 police staffing in the City Charter, the voters specifically intended {or officers to be "dedicated to

25 neighborhood policing and patrol. "

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1 (b) In 2007, the City established a successful {oot patrol pilot program that demonstrated the

2 effectiveness of beat officers. The City commissioned the Public Safety Strategies Group (PSSG) to

3 evaluate this pilot program.

4 (c) Released April B, 200B, the PSSG Foot Patrol Program Evaluation Report (Report) {ound

5 that 90 percent of community member respondents believe foot patrols are a necessary tool {or the San

6 Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to use in addressing crime, public safety, and quality o[li{e

7 issues, while 79 percent ofSFPD respondents believe that {oot patrols are a viable strategy {or the

8 department.

9 (d) However, the Report also (ound that the SFPD was not able to fully implement the pilot [oot

10 patrol program, and recommended that SFP D develop clearly defined goals and objectives, a strategic

11 plan and community outreach in order to fully and successfully implement a [oot patrol program.

12 (e) The San Francisco Municipal Railway CMUN!) is an extension of San Francisco's public

13 spaces,' thus, a police presence on MUNI is essential to public safety and welfare and to reduce crime.




17 Ca) The San Francisco Police Commission shall adopt a comprehensive written policy on

18 community policing. The policy shall include at a minimum:

19 (J) A description o[long-term, preventative problem-solving strategies and tools that

20 are available to police officers,'

21 (2) A plan (or encouraging full and open communication and collaboration among

22 Police Department personnel and community members, including in developing and implementing

23 neighborhood-specific policing priorities and strategies,'

24 (3) Strategies [or providing culturally and linguistically-competent police services,'


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1 (4) Goals for allocating police resources betyveen the key tasks o(community policing'

2 responding to calls for emergency service and engaging in proactive efforts to identify and solve

3 community problems that contribute to crime,'

4 (5) A strategy {or developing and maintaining productive interpersonal relationships

5 betyveen uniformed personnel assigned to district stations and the residents ofthe neighborhoods that

6 thev serve, with an emphasis on maintaining the continuity o(service o(key personnel involved in

7 community policing efforts,' and,

8 (6) A redesign oftraining and profeSSional development to promote and encourage

9 community-oriented policing initiatives throughout the Department.

10 (b) Timeline. The Police Commission shall agendize adoption ofa comprehensive community

11 policing policy within six months ofthe effective date ofthis ordinance. The Commission shall hold at

12 least one public hearing before adopting any policy. The Commission shall forward a draft oOts initial

13 proposed community policing policy to the Board o(Supervisors and the Mayor at least J 0 days prior

14 to its (irst public hearing to consider adoption ofa policy. Upon adoption, the Police Commission shall

15 forward the policy to the Board o{Supervisors and the Mayor.



18 (a) The Chie{o{Police shall create a comprehensive Foot Beat Patrol Program in all Police

19 stations.

20 (2) The Foot Beat Patrol Program shall include the following components:

21 (1) Designated foot beats, based on current assessments ofthe most critical and

22 immediate need for a physical police presence to address and prevent crime,'

23 (2) Dedicated patrols ofthe San Francisco MuniCipal Railway that provide a consistent

24 presence on lvfUNllines. The specific MUNllines patrolled shall be determined based on community

25 input, needs, and evolving or emerging patterns o{criminal activity or suspected criminal activity:

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1 (3) Regular reviews ofthe specific routes offoot beats based on community input,

2 neighborhood needs and evolving or emerging patterns of criminal activity or suspected criminal

3 activity,' and,

4 (4) Regular meetings with community members and (Oot patrol officers to develop

5 policing priorities and strategies - including prevention, intervention and enforcement - that are

6 specific to the neighborhood and the needs oOts residents.

7 (c) Foot patrols shall be managed to identify and reduce the incidence of crime in the areas

8 most heavily impacted by crime. The ChiefofPolice shall develop guidelines for foot patrol officers

9 that include the following:

10 (1) Make every effort to be known in the community through consistent interactions with

11 residents. In particular, officers on foot patrol should establish a regular physical police presence

12 along commercial corridors, at schools, community centers, senior centers, homeless shelters, churches

13 and other places of worship, housing authority developments, after school program locations, and

14 other locations where seniors, children and youth gather;

15 (2) Identify and address crime and nuisance problems that affect the quality oOife and

16 the level ofsafety of neighborhood residents. Foot patrol officers should work with neighborhood

17 residents and City agencies to identify and eliminate any structural, physical, or other features that

18 may hide or encourage crime or criminal activity,' and,

19 (3) Encourage residents' involvement in activities that contribute to crime prevention.

20 including neighborhood watch activities, neighborhood clean-up and beautification, and crime

21 prevention educational programs.





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1 The Police Department shall submit to the Board of Supervisors bi-annual reports bv April r'

2 and October F' of every year on the status ofthe Foot Beat Patrol Program. The report shall include

3 at least the (ollowing:

4 (1) Data regarding all reported crime within the (oot beats described in Section 2A. 89. 3 bv

5 type, during the six-month period prior to the report and comparisons to previous six-month periods,'

6 (2) Detailed records of the number of(oot beats actually staffed, including time, date and

7 number of officers assigned,'

8 (3) Redevelopment or reassignment ofsta(fbetween stations, or {rom sector cars to (oot patrols

9 within a station. in response to the requirements ofthis ordinance; and,

10 (4) Response times to priority calls (or service (A and B calls) at each ofthe Police stations.



13 In undertaking the enforcement ofthis ordinance. the City is assuming on undertaking only to

14 promote the general welfare. It is not assuming, nor is it imposing on its officers and employees, an

15 obligation (or breach of which it is liable in money damages to any person who claims that such breach

16 proximately caused injury.



19 Ifany part ofthis ordinance, or the application thereof is held to be invalid, the remainder of

20 this ordinance shall not be affected thereby, and this ordinance shall otherwise continue in full (orce

21 and effect. To this end, the provisions ofthis ordinance, and each ofthem are severable. If Section 2 of

22 this ordinance is unenforceable because the voters approve, with more votes than this ordinance, a City

23 ordinance at the November 2, 2010 election that bans lying or sitting on public sidewalks, then it is the

24 voters' intent that the balance ofthis ordinance shall be enforceable.


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1 Section 2. Voters find that foot patrols ensuring the regular presence of officers to enforce

2 existing laws against sidewalk obstruction, assault, and other disorderly conduct are a more effective

3 vehicle to address sa(ety and civility in public spaces and to protect the interests o{merchants and

4 citizens than an outright ban against persons sitting or lying upon public sidewalks. Therefore, it is the

5 voters' intent that the Foot Beat Patrol Program supplant any City ordinance the voters approve at the

6 November 2, 2010 election that bans lying or sitting on public sidewalks.



8 DENNIS J. HERRERA, City Attorney



BURK E. DELVENTHAL Deputy City Attorney

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